Jockey Club Racecourses has announced the return of the Jockey Club Chase Triple Crown for the upcoming jumps season.
— The Jockey Club (@TheJockeyClub) 12 September 2016
If a single horse manages to win the Betfair Chase at Haydock in November, the 32Red King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day and the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March they win receive a £1 million bonus.
The hat-trick hasn’t been completed since the legendary Kauto Star pulled it off a decade ago. Last season the Colin Tizzard-trained Cue Card won the Betfair Chase and the King George but then fell three fences from home in the blue riband at Prestbury Park.
If a horse manages to pull it off the bonus is divided with 65% going to the winning owners, 15% to the trainer, 10% to stable staff at the winning yard and 10% to the jockey.
The group managing director of Jockey Club Racecourses, Paul Fisher, said, “We’d love a special horse to capture the public’s imagination and take their place in racing folklore by winning the Jockey Club Chase Triple Crown.”
He said that last season it was fantastic to hear the bonus contender Cue Card labelled as ‘the People’s Horse’ and he is looking forward to seeing the horses attempt to go one better this year.
Joe Tizzard, assistant to his father Colin, described the bonus as “brilliant news” and said that having become so close to winning it with Cue Card last year they will certainly be trying again this time around.
Paul Nicholls who trained Kauto Star also welcomed the news saying that in order to achieve it “you’ve got to be a special horse” but described it as “great for jump racing that the Jockey Club is putting up this bonus challenge.”